Carol A. Brownson; Funding Community Practice: Stage 1. Am J Occup Ther 1998;52(1):60–64. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.52.1.60
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A broad definition of community practice has implications for how occupational therapy services are defined, delivered, and funded. The historical foundations of occupational therapy support an expansion into health promotion and prevention programming that is based in the community. Moving into these roles opens up an array of funding possibilities. It may also require developing new partnerships, new skills, and work under different job titles. This article describes two approaches to broadening occupational therapy’s role into the community and gives examples of programs and funding sources for each.
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